This past Wednesday, MTSU football coach Rick Stockstill got to his office bright and early to monitor the fax machine and man the phones.
At 7 a.m. on National Signing Day, signed recruits could fax their National Letter of Intent to schools around the country. It is the annual payday for months of recruiting in an attempt to bolster the roster.
But there was also a player signing that morning at 8:30 at Siegel High School that diverted Stockstill’s attention. Son Brent, the standout quarterback, would sign to play at Cincinnati. And the proud father would jet over to the school, take part in the signing ceremony, and then book back to campus to wait on the word from the new Blue Raiders.
“It was a special day,” Stockstill said on The First Quarter Thursday morning, “and Brent’s my hero. He is everything a coach would look for. I know he will be successful because of the type of person he is.”
Even as much as Stockstill cherised the day, the Blue Raiders’ coach admitted that he wished he would have spent more time at Siegel and share the special day even more with the family.
“I’m mad at myself,” Stockstill said the day after National Signing Day. “I sit up here from 5:30 in the morning until 8 worrying about guys coming to Middle Tennessee. Then, Brent had his signing over there at Siegel at 8:30, so I buzz over there real quick and watch him do his deal.
“I hug him, I shake his hand, and then I fly back over (to MTSU). And that’s bad on my part. I wish I could have stayed there and taken pictures with him and enjoyed it more than what I did because it is a special moment.”
After he returned to MTSU, Stockstill held a press conference, did radio and television interviews, and then played host to the annual recruiting roundup open to the general public.
“I didn’t have as much time as I should have spent with him to enjoy that day,” Stockstill said. “I am really proud of him. He is a phenomenol kid.”
Stockstill finally got home Wednesday night just before 8. And the first thing he did when he got home was go see his son.
Greg Pogue is host of The First Quarter on 102.5-FM The Game ESPN Radio Nashville. E-mail him at GregPogue@1025thegame.com.
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